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Ōrākei Kāinga Tuatahi Project

Incorporating community and cultural values into hapū housing development

In 2013 Boffa Miskell landscape architects and urban designers completed the Ōrākei Papākainga Masterplan for the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust. The Kāinga Tuatahi project is the first housing intensification project to come out of the masterplan.

The 30-house village is located on ancestral land and will have a strong focus on the community and cultural values of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Working with the client, Steven Lawson Architects, Barker & Associates and the project engineers, R20 Consulting and Sullivan Hall, Boffa Miskell developed a landscape concept that incorporates the cultural values of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei into a contemporary design. The themes of water sensitive design, community, productive landscapes, biodiversity, public/private outdoor space balance and health and wellbeing are expressed throughout the landscape design.

Native and locally sourced planting will be used for creating a sense of space between buildings, while a communal orchard and vegetable gardens will encourage healthy lifestyles.

Safety has been a consideration with appropriate sight lines to communal spaces created and ‘slow zone’ access ways that encourage pedestrian activity and low speed traffic. Open spaces and communal amenities such as BBQs, playgrounds and pocket parks facilitate community and group gatherings, helping to create a collaborative community environment that supports interaction between tribal members and visitors. Each house also has its own private open space for time away from the wider community.

Construction began in mid-2014 and is programmed for completion by end of 2015.

Our role

Masterplanning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design

The facts

ClientNgāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust
Project teamBen Clark
Kieran Dove
Rachel de Lambert
Yoko Tanaka
Worked with

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
Barker & Associates
Steven Lawson Architects
R20 Consulting Engineers
Sullivan Hall Engineers

Project date2013 – 2015
AwardsCommendation – Best Practice District / Regional Planning, 2015 NZPI Awards